As prices come down, the size of televisions is going up – along with their power consumption.
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A big TV can look gorgeous. But a bigger screen costs more to light up than a smaller one – and as screen size creeps up, so does power consumption.
Modern flatscreen TVs use less power than their old-school predecessors. Even so, a big TV can use more than 100W when it’s on. That's an annual electricity cost of around $50, just to run the TV.
TVs sold since October 2012 must comply with minimum energy performance standards (MEPs) and display their energy rating label instore.
Check the energy rating label before you buy a TV. Look for a model with the greatest number of stars – they’ll have the lowest annual running cost.
Even stricter requirements are likely to be introduced later this year.
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